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Stony Littleton (Long Barrow)

Internet Archive


Sir Richard Colt Hoare's account of the barrow, with super cross-section illustrations and one of the entrance, published in Archaeologia volume 19 (1821).

Carreg Hir (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust


A photo of the stone, rather weirdly sitting in its concrete plinth in the grounds of Cwrt Sart comprehensive school.

Wiltshire

Wiltshire Museum, Devizes


Photos of the weird and lovely 'grape cups' (aka incense cups) found in the region.

Northern Ireland

PRONI Historical Maps Viewer


Historical Ordnance Survey NI maps with stones and so on marked, courtesy of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

The Split Rock, Killeenduff (Natural Rock Feature)

Google Maps


This image by Niamh Ronane has sheep for scale.

The Great Circle, North East Circle & Avenues (Stone Circle)

English Heritage - YouTube


Tales from English Folklore.
The folktale from the stones enacted (followed by Ronald Hutton).

The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle)

Taylor and Francis Online


The Rollright Stones and their Folklore, by Arthur J Evans. From Folklore v6, 1895.

More folklore and etymological speculation about the stones than anyone can handle.

Pole's Wood South (Long Barrow)

The British Museum


A little pottery vessel found at the east end of the barrow. It's only about 10cm across. Check out the variety of impressions made to decorate it.

Eyford (Long Barrow)

The British Museum


The lovely flat shale bead found in the long barrow at Eyford. I love a nice shale bead. Imagine how nice it would feel in your hand.

Wiltshire

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Scanned version of Sir Richard Colt Hoare's "Ancient History of South Wiltshire" (The Ancient History of Wiltshire volume 1). What a classic! He dug into a lot of barrows (you can hear his enthusiasm. But at least he notes what he found).

Pendle Hill (Sacred Hill)

Lancashire Life


Photos of the Devil's footprints (and a description of how to find them).

Tomnahurich (Sacred Hill)

National Museums Scotland


A photo of the lovely carved stone ball found on Tomnahurich in the early 19th century. This one is made from hornblende, and is about 3 inches across. It's been dated between 3200 and 2500 BC.

Moel Hebog (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery)

British Museum


The perfect condition Late Bronze Age shield found in a bog near Moel Hebog in 1784. So many circles.

Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature)

The Northern Antiquarian


Details of the cup-marked rocks lurking in these woods.

Sharpitor Nutcrackers (Rocking Stone)

Legendary Dartmoor


The familiar annoying tale of a perfectly good logan stone being messed with. The Coast Artillery School turned up to put things right and somehow allowed it to topple down the hill. But there's some confusion - perhaps that was an adjacent stone and the Nutcrackers still survives?

Star Carr (Mesolithic site)

White Rose University Press


Marvellously, you can read online or download for free, two brand new books about the site that analyse Chantel Conneller, Nicky Milner and Barry Taylor's excavations between 2003-15.

Volume one is called 'A persistent place in a changing world' and the second is 'Studies in technology, subsistence and environment'.

The site was occupied / used for about 800 years. The first people there deposited worked wood, articulated animal bone and flint tools into the lake. The next period was the main phase of occupation, in which large timber platforms were made at the lake's edge, and items were still being deposited into it. And in the last phase both the dry land and the wetland margins were still being used, "often for craft activities," and making axes and tools - and the oldest known British Mesolithic art - a shale bead - was found there. I love a shale bead, me. They're in chapter 33 of the second volume. The famous antler frontlets are in chapter 26.

Ringses Camp, Beanley Moor (Hillfort)

Internet Archive


Notes Archaeological, Geological, etc. on Beanley Moor and the vicinity of Kemmer Lough. From the MSS of George Tate. In the History of the Berwickshire Naturalists Club, volume 23, 1890.

He mentions the carved stones, and also the 'detached blocks of stones which are usually covered over with lichens, and hoary with age, are here called "Grey Mares".'

Blowing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Simon Chadwick (You Tube)


This is a very British (i.e. a somewhat awkward, but rather endearingly so) trumpeting of the stone. The besuited Mr Chadwick is an accomplished musician in his other videos, so it must be nice for him to add Blowing Stone to his list of instruments.

I was struck by how similar the sound is to the carnyx - like those on the Gundestrup cauldron (you can hear some on this video ) - or is that just me overthinking things :)

Norton Henge

Heritage Daily


You won't see much of a henge here now. But this comprehensive article will help you imagine the early henge here (and some of the surrounding prehistoricness) if you visit.

Randwick Long Barrow

Internet Archive


G B Witts' article about the excavation of the barrow. In 'The Proceedings of the Cotteswold Naturalists' Field Club' 1881-82.
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This hill, it has a meaning that is very important for me, but it's not rational. It's beautiful, but when you look, there's nothing there. But I'd be a fool if I didn't listen to it.

-- Alan Garner.


...I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn...

-- William Wordsworth.


I'm currently mad on visiting Anglo-Saxon and Norman carvings and enjoy the process of drawing them:
http://wiltshirewandering.blogspot.co.uk/

and I've been helping digitise the Schools' Collection of the National Folklore Collection of Ireland... you can also at
http://www.duchas.ie/en

Some interesting websites with landscape and fairy folklore:
http://earthworks-m.blogspot.co.uk
http://faeryfolklorist.blogspot.co.uk

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